OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Thrifty Foods, are warning the public not to consume Thrifty brand Smoked Oysters imported from China as they may be contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin.

The Thrifty brand Smoked Oysters are sold in 85g cans bearing UPC 7 74147 36444 7. Only product with can codes beginning with H45 are affected by the recall. The label also reads ” Prepared For Jace Holdings Limited, Victoria, B.C.”

Thrifty Foods is voluntarily recalling this product from the marketplace. The affected product has been sold only through Thrifty stores in British Columbia. Consumers who have purchased this product can return it to the store for a full refund.

Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled.

The toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. In severe cases, headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur.

There has been one reported illness linked to this product. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is continuing with the investigation and is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Thrifty Foods, spokesperson Alex Campbell, 250-652-7559

CFIA, In the province of Quebec 1-800-561-3350; or CFIA, In other provinces and territories 1-800-442-2342.